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July 13, 1940

Current Comment

JAMA. 1940;115(2):136. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810280048015

EXPERIMENTS IN CANCER REPORTING  More than 12,000 cases of cancer have been reported since January to the Division of Cancer Control of the New York State Department of Health, according to a press release1 dated May 27. This has come about through "prompt and adequate response of the medical profession in upstate New York in reporting cancer under the new cancer reporting law." Health department officials regard this as the first successful venture of its kind anywhere in the country and probably in the world. The reports are made by physicians, hospitals and laboratories and are of increasing scientific value because in more than 70 per cent of cases they are accompanied by data from the pathologic laboratory regarding the microscopic character of the tumor. These cancer reports are being handled "with the greatest possible care with respect to their confidential nature and they will be used for scientific